In October 2010, the Government amended
legislation to allow changes of use from single dwellings (Class
C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) (Class C4) to take
place without the need for planning permission. Where further
control over such conversions is considered necessary, local
authorities can make directions that specify an area or areas in
which planning applications will be required. A high concentration
of HMOs can lead to issues relating to parking, noise and
disturbance and impacts on amenity which can cause concern to local
Recent reforms to housing benefit are likely to increase demand for HMOs in the London Borough of Enfield; in particular the extension of the single room restriction to people aged under 35.
This report sets out the process for giving 12 months notice to make a “non-immediate” article 4 direction and avoid potential compensation claims.
It recommends that a “non-immediate” Article 4 Direction is introduced to withdraw permitted development rights for small HMOs across the borough.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Decision due: 19 Sep 2012 by Council
Contact: Aled Richards, Head of Development Services Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informal consultation via 'Your Enfield' inviting comments on the proposal.
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